October 14th, 2013
01:58 AM ET

Inside the hajj: The world's largest annual pilgrimage

By Sarah Brown, CNN

(CNN) - Millions of Muslims began the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, which represents one of the largest annual human gatherings on the planet.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, a journey every Muslim is expected to take in his or her lifetime if the person is physically and financially able.

This year, the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca is hosting more than 2 million Muslims, about 1 million fewer than last year, according to the Associated Press.

Our iReport team has asked pilgrims who have performed the Hajj about how the experience changed them - and for their advice to those undertaking the pilgrimage for the first time.

The result is a mix of spiritual and practical life lessons that transcend Islam.

1. Patience

iReporter Amir Abdul Latip from Brunei said the Hajj taught him a patience that’s carried over to his life after the pilgrimage.

“I'm still not perfect, but the Hajj has changed my perspective on the temporal nature life, the universe, and everything else,” he says.

“Just be patient and always try to help others,” Latip says, adding that the Hajj helped “widen my views to see a bigger picture of our existence.”

Read more about Latip’s Hajj experience

Patience is an order during the Tawaf, a Hajj ritual in which throngs of pilgrims circle seven times around the Kaaba, a cube-shaped building considered the most sacred site in Islam.

The whole five-day event, which attracts around 3 million people, is slow going and sometimes chaotic.

CNN Explains: What's the Hajj?

“Several times things are not in control of the organizers – they try their best for pilgrims but they cannot do all due to some unforeseen circumstances,” said iReporter Muhammad Zafar from Simi Valley, California, who performed Hajj in 2011 with his family.

2. Down to earth

Ameer Hassoun, an Iraqi-born doctor who lives in New Jersey, said a key part of the Hajj is learning from other pilgrims.

“It taught me how to be very down to earth, to treat everything with humility, that there is no difference between us - no matter where we are," he said.

See images of Hassoun’s visit to Mecca in 2011

“People around the world share their own experiences from their home countries and so it’s a very fertile land for learning.”

For Hira Hasnain, a student in North Carolina who spent three weeks undertaking the Hajj, one of the most rewarding experiences was uncovering new aspects of her faith by meeting new people.

“It brings you closer, it provides a sense of unity.,” she says. “You realize that everyone around the world is striving to … achieve closeness to God and everyone has different ways of doing it.”

“Try to understand where everyone is coming from and your enjoyment of Hajj will be that much more meaningful,” Hasnain says.

Listen to more of Hasnain’s advice and see images of her hajj journey

3. Everywhere was white

iReporter Rafiu Olasunkanmi Yusuf, a Nigerian who works in Malaysia, said his 2003 pilgrimage revealed a “need to move closer to God.”

“Everywhere was white, that symbol of purity,” he said. “There was no distinction on the basis of race, country or color of the skin. One can feel the presence of the Almighty God as we perform the religious rites.”

Since then Yusuf, has tried to “devote more time to spiritual uplift and less time to worldly pursuits."

Haq, meanwhile, says his pilgrimage taught him to acknowledge God in “everything I do.”

“I pay close attention to my obligations as a Muslim,” he says. “My prayers, obedience to parents, fasting, zakat [gifts to charity - another of the five pillars of Islam] - I repent more often, and make more dhikr [prayers reciting the names of God].

“I also try to educate my Muslim and non-Muslim friends, co-workers and peers on Islam,” he says.

4. The hajj is hard

iReporter Amaan Haq from Woodbridge, Virginia, undertook his first Hajj in 2011 with his wife and said preparation was essential.

Read about Haq’s preparations for his Hajj

“Read and understand before embarking what acts are required from you,” he said. “The Hajj is hard even if you're young.”

The Hajj can be a physical and mental endurance test, with pilgrims sometimes walking miles each day. Haq advises pilgrims to take drinks or electrolyte salts to stay hydrated in the 90-degree Arabian sun.

Other iReporters recommended that first time pilgrims obtain a guide if possible, saying the complex sequence of rituals to be performed and the sheer size of the gathering can be overwhelming.

5. Just do it

Latip from Brunei said his final advice for those wishing to undertake the journey was to get going.

“Just do it,” he said.

“Don’t wait until you’re too old and frail,” he says. “And with costs rising year after year, it’s better to do it sooner if you can.”

That advice can apply to journeys other than Hajj, too.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Saudi Arabia

soundoff (779 Responses)
  1. John

    Let us not forget Beslan!

    October 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • asdf

      What a wonderful experience as long as your last name is not Goldstein. In which case going anywhere near the holy city during hajj will get you beheaded.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • guest

      @asdf: Lookup Leopold Weiss

      October 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  2. 1-4-all

    Not all Muslim are terrorists....
    BUT...all terrorists are Muslim.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • guest

      Biggest bull I ever heard.
      – The english considered the IRA terrorist.
      – Srilankans consider the Tamil tigers terrorist.
      – Indians consider maoist rebels terrorists.
      – India considered Seikh rebels as terrorists
      – Burma considered the Khachchin and Rakhine as terrorists.
      – Nigeria considered the rebels in its southern deltas terrorists.
      – Spain considers Baath seperatists as terrorists.
      – Georgia considers rebels in South Ossetia as terrorists.

      – The English once considered Americans fighting for their independence terrorists.

      Nelson Mandela said soon after Bush declared his war on terror: "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter"

      There is a political dimension to every conflict, regardless of how it is labelled. Even Al-Qaeda had an agenda. To remove the presence of Western forces from Saudi Arabia.

      October 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  3. ReligionisStupid

    Religion is stupid. Made up at first to explain natural phenomena, but mainly used to keep folks igorant and control them. You feel spiritual? Fine. You want to belong to a group? Fine. You want to discriminate based on these conditions? Screw you! No gods in the sky, none in the water, none in space, none inside my head, but I still have morals and ethics. Huh, how could that be? Cuz you don't need religion/supersti tion to have morals and ethics that's why. Stop it all and humanity improves.

    And mentioning 16th century Spain as an example of islamic tolerance is fine, but here, check out what a smart guy says about islam, science, and the Nobel prize...then shut yer mouth about how great islam is, cuz just like the rest of em it only exists to keep us in the dark ages and to enrich and empower the few...


    October 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  4. Soraya

    Islam is much and much bigger than what you see on TV.It has nothing to do with bombing and killing.Go and talk to Muslims and then you can conclude.Welcome to Islam...

    October 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  5. william1956

    20“You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not testify a false testimony. Honor your father and your mother.' “

    October 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  6. You_Forgot

    Hey, you forgot the most import ones:

    1. Always go with the flow. Going in the wrong direction will get you trampled.
    2. Never yell FIRE. This will get you trampled.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      You beat me to the trample punch.
      I've heard that there's been quite a few trample-tragedies there in past. Makes the Led Zeppelin concert tragedy look like a cakewalk in comparison.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  7. CW

    So when will the hajj make them treat women equally, respect the rights of gays and religious minorities? We are waiting....

    October 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • 1God

      None of the major religions would that either. Keep waiting.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • CW

      1God, that is irrelevant. We aren't talking about other religions.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • GATORpride

      Read your bible than compare it to the rights of women. Both religions draw no lines of giving women equal rights to men. Christianity modernized their texts while Islamic adherents stick to their ancient scriptures and still read it in its original arabic form. Christianity and Islam offer no real voice for gay support. That is only going to come from the people changing their views on the subject it self. Yes keep on waiting.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT


      1God, that is irrelevant. We aren't talking about other religions.
      You were pointing the finger and someone mentioned the finger points in many directions....you included

      October 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Bibi

      Like in Israel where they arrest women for praying at the Wailing Wall?

      October 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  8. rotorhead1871

    all good points....general faith is good......blind faith is scary.....have a nice trip.......

    October 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Major Tom

      What the hell is "general faith"? Another rectally extracted type of religion? Like all others?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      generally? Maybe? not?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      In general as well or?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  9. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Human my Taliban father, filthy goon, denier of truth absolute, self-centered, secular, before he cut his ticket, gave me 5 life lessons from the Hajj, a training camp in Mecca:

    1. It taught me patience
    2. It made me want to learn more
    3. It made me less worldly
    4. It made me prepare
    5. It made me encourage others

    they always worked, #1 was my favorite, be patience while waiting on roadside IED to go off,

    October 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      Their Land(s) their rules,
      Their People, so many fools.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      To all the lands' people; "Truth becomes the dismantling of secularations holding on to many so many socialisms."

      October 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Absurdity of an atheist, goon, makes no sense.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      Sorry all, meant "secularizations" not secularations dang word bot! LoL

      October 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  10. Santorini

    Why non-muslims can't visit Mecca ?

    I have a simple and naive answer for this question :

    1. Is there any western country in this world where you can enter legally without a VISA in a valid passport ?
    No, there isn't a single one except may be the Vatican. However, the Vatican is a state that is inside a country
    called Italy;

    2. Every human being is indeed welcome to Mecca under the condition that he/she fulfills the requirements for the
    VISA and a valid passport. Two of these requirements (see the Saudi embassy in your country for other requirements) are to be a "Muslim" and have the intent to perform the islamic pilgrimmage (the Hajj);

    3. Becoming a Muslim is fairly simple. All it takes is to repeat the "Shahada" after a Muslim and in front of a congregation of Muslims (witnesses). The Shahada is "I attest that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger". And voila ...
    The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God. In that respect, all the prophets of God including Jesus Christ are considered Muslims.

    Isn't this simple ?


    Allah knows best.



    October 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • CW

      Yawn. How convenient that you make people like Jesus, Muslims...I guess Mohammed had a time machine too, right?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • 1God

      CW, Muslim belief is all men are created by the God of Abraham. KInd David, Noah, Moses, Mohammed, Jesus, they all are prophets sent to earth by God (in arabic aka Allah). What he is referring to is that if you believe in the above statement all prophets sent to earth automatically muslims as well.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Larbi M.

      well said my friend....some people cant accept it...others need to really learn and read history.....and need to know no one on this earth is a god or ever was except The God we should all be focusing on......we will all die one day.....and when we do...then we each have to answer........

      October 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  11. Shakira

    No wonder the world thinks American's are ignorant, look at the comments on here and it shows why.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • CW

      When you grant women the same rights as men (and allow them to vote and gasp, drive), we might consider your ignorant argument. Until then, get off your high horse. Same argument goes for gays.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • 1God

      CW, chill bro. Please reach out to some muslims in USA. Understand different cultures and origins of muslims. It is sad that u will live ur life hating by being ignorant

      October 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • CW

      1God, so it is OK for Muslims to hate gays? I don't hate Muslims. I wonder why many, not all, are intolerant of alternative lifestyles.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  12. Nice

    That Hajj gathering looks pretty drone tempting.

    October 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • jj

      Killing innocent people just because they have a different belief is evil.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  13. kevin

    Religion is just a social club I refuse to join.

    I find my peace within. I don't need anyone to validate my beliefs for me.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      🙂 Peace to one and all 🙂

      Well ain't that wishful thinkin?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  14. Greg

    Has anyone ever considered bombing this place? seriously wipe them all out. What kind of idiot believes in invisible make believe crap?!?

    October 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  15. CRC

    Jesus Christ can do all this and much much more! All other religions are fake religions from Satan. When it comes to God, there can be only one true Way.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Dave 666

      Jesus Christ!

      October 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • guest

      If Jesus (PBUH) addressed God as father in heaven, how is that different from any jewish person, who addresses God in the same way. Jesus was born among the Jewish people. None of them claim to be the literal children of God.

      Look at the ten commandments honestly. Tell me whether Islam or Christianity is closer to what it calls too. I believe in Jesus (PBUH), but as a prophet. God is one. He was not begotten. He does not beget. He has no equal. Mary(PBUH) was a good chaste woman. The birth of Jesus (PBUH) was from God's miracle. To give Jesus (PBUH) life was no more difficult for God than the creation of Adam (PBUH).

      October 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • guest

      I have read parts of the bible. I have sincerely considered the concept of God in Judaism and Christianity and it doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't make sense to me that God, The Just, would hold one man accountable for the sins of another. It doesn't make sense to me that a people whose actions aren't good would be hastened forward because of their lineage. It doesn't make sense to me that God would give you laws and then say, its okay you don't have to follow it any more.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • guest

      This is from the Qur'an:

      Did I not warn you oh children of Adam, do not worship Satan (the devil); certainly he is to you a clear (open) enemy; and that you should worship Me; that is the straight path. (Yasin 36:60)

      It would be really wired if these words were from the devil. In fact, among the words recited by Muslims when we recite the qur'an are as follows:

      I seek protection in God against Satan (the devil), the accursed.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  16. Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    5. It made me encourage others, right on, blow kafir infidels (wink wink), goons, denier of truth absolute

    October 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  17. Calvin

    Islam – religion of death!

    October 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Yes,for hindu's, criminals and their hinduism, illegality.
      Word hindu is based on Latin word, hindered, negative, Hun, Great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them,hindu, anoun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity. For more visit limitisthetruth.com

      October 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Pickle juice is just another name for cuc.u.mber pickle-ism, dill weed ism, sour tart of back yard garden, old cuc.u.mbers with another pickled lid mason jar, feed humanity based on how many jars-ism of pri.ckly beef steak ism 180 tomatoes, okra, tomatoes too absolute american dill pickles in support of American bar food ism.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindu's laires, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hindu ignorant has no brain, but pickle juice in his head, and you are a living example, hindu, brain less.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  18. Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

    Well ain't blahs' special?

    October 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      This troll is not a christian,

      October 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      "Mind Alert!"
      'Alert Mind'
      Mind Alert!"
      'Alert Mind'
      I am getting so dizzy!

      Well ain't Carnations special?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  19. scottm4321

    So why can't non muslims visit mecca? build a church there? bring a Bible into the country? preach their faith? convert people? Speak freely? publish a christian newspaper? why? why? still no answers from you. I'll tell you why. Because islam creates a fascist state that doesn't allow personal freedoms.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race

      Personal freedoms you jest? How can one count 'personal freedoms' to even be measured? If then measured against other freedoms then what will otherly freedoms look likeor be?

      Ain't freedoms bought?

      October 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Victor

      Are Muslims allowed to do this in the Vatican? Did you know that Prophet Muhammad allowed Christians to pray in his Mosque or that Muslim Spain was considered the most tolerant to faiths, especially Judaism?

      October 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • CRC

      Absolutely true!

      October 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Thats like asking why a mosque can't be built in the Vatican or why Islam can't be preached in the Vatican..why? why? why? Because your comment is utter ignorance.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Desi

      This is a Saudi rule. Even myself as a muslim if I do not follow the religion per their way, I am an outcast too. Islam is a gr8 religion with the worst followers. Islam believes in democracy like the US. but the Saudis don't, and the US looks the other way.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Shakira

      Try looking up Muslim Spain ie Cordoba and see what peaceful, tolerant Islam is like. The Saudi's are not tolerant and do not practice true Islam nor should anyone think they represent the 1.5 billion Muslims world wide.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • FreedomDZ

      Muslims are not afraid of the Bible, muslims believe in every book every single prophet mentioned in it,
      Muslims are not afraid of debating christians and you know it,
      We came and still come to you and still trying to organise debates with fellow christians, simoly because christians are the closest to muslims, over a billiin muslims believe in Jesus peace be upon him and believe in his return.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • The pope

      From the same reason they can'tt do it in my city/country the vatican. And educate youeself a little more , there are churches all over the arab world and allowed to build as many as they want . So saudi arabia is like the vatican

      October 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • CW

      Observer, answer the part about bringing Bibles into Saudi Arabia. We know that the Koran is allowed in other countries, so why isn't the reverse true?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Floyd

      Islam is the main religion in Malaysia. What I find in one street is a Mosque, Church (mainly chinese christians), Hindu Temple (Indian) Living and worshipping together with no problems... Islam teaches that there is no compulsion in religion... Forcing a religion on others is not a new idea (look up the Christian Crusades)... Christopher Columbus killed in the name of Christianity... and don't we have a day to honor him?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @shakira and @FreedomDZ, i would love to debate! but remember, u have to use logic to debate, and the koran is moronic and illogical. Lets look at what it says about women, shall we?

      can u explain why in the quran muham_mad said that women r inferior to men and that a man can beat his wife?

      Koran Sura 4:34 – Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made them excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

      I wonder how women believe that islam is good when the koran itself condones wife-beating. Now lets move on to the 'logic' in the koran.

      Do you not see how Allah has created the seven heavens one above the other, and made the moon a light in their midst, and made the Sun as a lamp. [Quran-71: 15-16]
      And He completed the seven firmaments (heavens) in two days and assigned to each heaven its command; and We adorned the lower heaven with lamps (Sun), and rendered it guarded… [Quran- 41:12]

      According to these two verses, the moon lies in the middle of the seven heavens, and the Sun and stars (lamps) lie in the lowest heaven. This means that the moon is further away from us than the sun and the stars!
      Obviously allah himself is not aware of basic astronomical facts but claims that he created everything.

      Example of allah's great math skills:
      When a man dies, and is leaving behind three daughters, his two parents and his wife, they will receive the respective shares of 2/3 for the 3 daughters together, 1/3 for the parents together and 1/8 for the wife [Quran 4:11-12 and 4:176]

      Doing the math, 2/3 for all daughters + 1/3 for parents = 1. But wait, give another 1/8 to the wife! This adds up to more than what the man had!

      Oh where is the logic in the koran? Islam is based on the errorneous koran which makes islam itself irrational (like all the other man-made religiions).

      October 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • LetsThink123


      Islam is a great religion if u dont read the koran and what muham_mad did in his life (from hadiths). If u read the koran where muham_mad in his great religion islam supports wife-beating (koran surah 4:34), and in the hadiths where Sahih Muslim hadith reveals that he married aisha when she was 6 and consummated the marriage when she was 9, then yes islam is a great religion! (ignoring that muham_mad was a pedophile).
      Islam is also a great religion if u ignore the fact that your prophet ordered the hands and feet of robbers to be cut off (what kinda prophet gives such inhumane punishment? how do u expect a robber to repent and live a normal life after u've cut off his limbs and make him/her depend on others for the rest of his/her life?). This is an evil punishment to give out by a prophet. Read koran 5:38 for this ugly verse.
      Islam is also a great religion if u ignore the fact that ur prophet killed 600+ jews in Banu Qurayza by personally chopping off the adult males heads. What kind of prophet commits these atrocities?

      Ah yes, Islam is a great religion!

      October 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • kasrkin519


      Hahah...we should look up "Muslim Spain?" Why do you call it that? Oh yeah, because Spain was a Christian country that Muslims invaded through Africa! Why was the Spanish campaign to drive out the Muslim Moors called the REconquista? Oh yeah, cuz they were REconquering the lands that Muslims had invaded. And as for "Muslim tolerance" – yeah, being a second class citizen and paying the Jiziya is a fantastic! "We'll allow you to live if you bribe us!" Tolerance at its best.

      October 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  20. blahblahblah

    #6: Infidels must die.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • william1956

      What your saying is going against what Moses said.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:27 am |
    • william1956

      20“You know the commandments: 'You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not testify a false testimony. Honor your father and your mother.' “

      October 25, 2012 at 3:28 am |
    • Yeah

      William, you know that according to your Christian brethren, all the Old Testament laws were ended by Jesus' cross thingy, so the Ten Commandments are null and void.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:31 am |
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